There are 2 of the most popular types of paintgrade options available for your architectural door specs from Sing Core, and each includes patented Sing technologies to maximize the potential of these formats, ensuring you can enjoy the only
50-year Warp-free Guarantee
Sing Core Paintgrade Door Blanks
The secret to creating an incredibly smooth paint grade door is what lays underneath the painted surface. At Sing Core, the True Flat Team is likely to suggest using a 1/8″ MDF over 1/4″ Plywood surface for the smoothest surface area. Another alternative would be 3/8″ AB Plywood, which would require a preparatory priming prior to painting for a perfect paint job. Of course, your door will only remain straight for 50 years, if you have Sing Core technology inside.
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The most popular and least expensive is AB Ply.
Warp-free patented and patent pending Singcore AB Ply door substrate
Our AB Ply is used in oversized exterior door applications and is constructed using water resistant adhesive using an A-grade veneer face, C-grade inner plies, and a B-grade back which is used for securing patented Sing Core. AB plywood, is a better grade of plywood, commonly used in cabinetry, where the backside need not be presentation quality.
The 16 ft tall door (above) is teak wood stave door for a mansion in Beverly Hills with Sing Core inside and can be guaranteed not to warp, bend, twist, or otherwise fail for 50 years.
Generally, “AB” designation means that it will be free of knots in their outer layers, though color variations and a few healthy intergrown knots may occur infrequently. If there are any pin knots, they would only a few mm in diameter.
The A refers to the best side which is a furniture grade veneer and B the opposite side. Plywoods with grades A and B are used for finishing purposes.
The A-grade side is the highest quality veneer and most sheets will be free of flaws resulting in a plywood surface that is smooth and can be prepped and painted easily.
The above picture shows MDF substrate ready for paint grade or laminating thin veneer. We work with millwork companies and high end door manufacturers to provide the most strong, lightweight, non-warping door with best guarantee in the USA.
Sing Core’s MDF is not your father’s MDF. Inventor Peter Sing has developed a method or creating a perfectly smooth surface, which is a well-known characteristic of MDF, which is lightweight MDF and will not warp. Moving due to lack of strength, especially amidst long spans, is also a well-known characteristic of MDF.
Sing uses a combination of patented and patent-pending technologies which result in the only large warp-free MDF door blanks in the door industry. That’s why Sing Core is known for creating the highest grade MDF in the door industry.
When making big doors, like the large oversized doors which Sing Core is famous for, to try to use MDF without Sing Core inside would be like building a door with a giant noodle, granted the surface would still be smooth as can be.
Because MDF is not water resistant it is not recommended for exterior applications, so avoid specifying MDF for large entry doors due to its inherit weakness, instead spec AB plywood as your base material instead.
Due to the smoothest surface area material, MDF can easily be painted, or used as underlayment for thin veneers, vinyl, or other laminations.
The above doors are 16 ft. tall feature .o20 white oak veneer. Door substrate made of patented Sing core with MDF substrate for the tallest building in North America, on the 86th floor’s Sky Club atop the New York World Trade Center.
In fact, all the most high-end veneer-work done by Sing Core uses this warp-free MDF solution as underlayment for the perfect veneering for which they are known. See: How to Make the Best High-end Veneer Doors. Likewise, their high-end millworks and door companies who apply their own laminates, they order this material as their gold standard.
On the other hand, if your intention is to add natural wood planks, then AB plywood is preferred substrate, especially for exterior doors.
While AB plywood and MDF are the most popular there are many other skin types for plywood, paintgrade, and others.
Now, maybe you have a better idea about why architects spec Sing Core